Anders Pedersen, Helene Næss, Mathias Mollatt og trener Peer Moberg reiste sammen med sportssjef Rigo de Nijs til OL-landsbyen Enoshima i forrige uke. Der gikk de systemtaisk gjennom vind- og strømforhold for å få et bedre overblikk over hva som møter utøverne under OL i Tokyo i 2020.
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Norwegian Sailing Team investigates the new Olympic sailing site
Last week with a short, but very intense 4 days visit, a small group of olympia landslag sailors and coaches investigated the strategic situation in Enoshima, which will be the Olympic sailing site during the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
During this period, we had full focus on wind, waves and current. We had 3 coachboats and rotated from area to area depending on what conditions and racing (a small regatta held by the Japanese Sailing Federation and the future regatta organisation) gave us to observe the specifics about this place.
"To me it was important that the range of observation was on much bigger things than what a sailor normally has during sailing. This is why I decided not to sail but to be on the water in a coachboat, was the best thing we could do", sport director Rigo de Nijs claims.
This proved correct while every evening we had long debriefs about the 3 elements which were lively, full of sharing and exactly lead us to what we tried to achieve with this activity, which was: 1) a bigger strategic awareness overall, 2) a good assessment of the area and 3) a plan on how we want to answer the questions that need to be clear before we start the first race of the Olympic Games in 2020.
About the site itself we can be quite clear: It's unique and challenging in it's balance between wind, waves and currents. It requires us to prepare on all ranges of wind, which can be onshore, off shore and even parallel to the coastline.
Waves are different per course, and sometimes even per sector on the course, not to mention the swell which always seems to be present.
The challenge on current is difficult to assess in the short time that we were there. Our stay fell between typhoon 21 and 22 which had a major influence on what we could observe. So, we need to further investigate this before we can finalise our assessment.
During our stay, it was mostly around a pleasant temperature of about 19 degrees, but we know that during June – August it's more around 30 degrees. And this will not only influence the sailors, but also the wind.
During the final debrief the sailors agreed that collecting and sharing observations in a structured and efficient way, which is understandable for anyone inside the Norwegian Sailing Team is key for success. Together with Eric Holden our meteorologist we will develop a tool which will make sure that in July 2020 the sailors will know this place and that their 'strategic skills' are up to the level which is worthy for an Olympic Medal. This will be based on specific, and local knowledge, and this teamwork.
The next visit to Enoshima will be in august 2020, where the next step in this road will be taken.